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RISO Workshop

September 28, 2019

Riso Weekend Workshop
September 28 – 29, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Risographs duplicators have been utilized within art and DIY communities in the past few years more than ever. From minicomics to show flyers, from zines to artist books, from comic-cons to online shops, the vibrant colors and tangible textures can be found just about everywhere. And for a good reason! Somewhere between screenprinting and Xerox, Risographs have been embraced by illustrators, designers, cartoonists, and more for their low-cost, high-yield functionality and their striking print tactility. 

In this boot-camp style workshop, students will be given a rigorous two-day introduction by illustrator Wren McDonald on how to use this medium effectively as a tool for self-publishing. We will explore printing techniques through Risograph reproduction, along with how to approach color separation, visual storytelling, and zine production. The goal of the workshop will be to complete multiple copies of a single-sheet zine as well as various print experiments.

This workshop is exclusive to the Society of Illustrators – seating is limited. Each student will receive training to operate the Risograph duplicator. Students are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks and a few dry-medium drawing tools. No prior experience required. 

Post-weekend, further classes are available to continue Riso skill-building and experimentation at, managed by the MFA Visual Narrative program at SVA. Visit for more information on SVA’s RISOLAB facilities, open-access fees and resources.

Visit for more information on the RISOLAB’s facilities, open-access fees and resources.
Location: RISOLAB, School of Visual Arts, 136 W. 21st Street, 11th Floor
Date: September 28 – 29, 2019 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM 
Instructor: Wren McDonald
Admission: $200 Members | $225 for Non-Members 
NOTE: This course is limited to 15 people. Reservations required. Includes access to the RISOLAB only; access to additional SVA printmaking facilities is not included. 
About the Instructor: 
Wren McDonald is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He’s the author of the cyberpunk epic, SP4RX and dystopian revenge story, Cyber Realm as well as several other self-published minicomics including his current series Precinct X99. He’s worked with clients including The New York Times, The New Yorker, VICE, Wired, GQ and more and has been published by Nobrow and Peow Studio.


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